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Old August 8, 2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Elcan Specter DR 1x - 4x Optic, anyone own one?

What is the verdict on this optic? I like the idea of being able to switch back and forth between a 1x and 4x. How do they hold up to abuse and inclement weather?

I was thinking of tossing one of these on top of my AR15, if not maybe another rifle chambered in .308 or something like that.

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Here's a pic of one mounted on a SCAR-17s

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Old August 8, 2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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As a LE or military tactical sight, it's fantastic. As a civilian sight, it's still fantastic... but is the capability to quickly change from CQB (1X) to 4X really going to be better for you than a specialized variable, large tube optic? I'm suggesting in particular the IOR Valdada 1.5-8x26 35mm SFP Trident and IOR Valdada 1:4x32 QR-TS 35mm Pitbull as possible alternatives.

Don't misunderstand, I like Elcan optics quite a bit, having had a few rifles with M145 3.4-M4 optics attached... but I think IOR CQBs are certainly worth a look.

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Old August 8, 2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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My friend has a Scar 17S with the Elcan sight, it's a very capable setup. I would have on on my AR if only that damn money tree in the back yard would blossom...
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Old August 9, 2012, 09:39 AM   #4
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It's heavy and bulky, as are most ELCans.

I used one on a M4 for a few months. It was cool to switch between 1x and 4x, but the 1x required good eye alignment and eye relief like a scope, not like an Eotech or Aimpoint.

I'd rather have, and do have, a 3.5x ACOG and get the Bindon Aiming Concept down.

Keep in mind, I didn't have to pay for either optic, so there's no buyer's remorse/justification involved.
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Old August 9, 2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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It's heavy and bulky, as are most ELCans.
This is the experience I had as well. We had them issued for our 240Ls and within a few months we just turned them in and put ACOGs on. It's not that they're bad, just most guys wanted something different.
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Old August 10, 2012, 04:46 PM   #6
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I've also seen noticeable issues with point of aim vs. point of impact shift when switching between 1x and 4x.
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Old August 12, 2012, 03:55 PM   #7
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I did a small review on the Elcan Spectre, ...

Since then I've put the Spectre on my Steyr AUG and I'm still very pleased with it

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Old August 12, 2012, 10:42 PM   #8
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I've also seen noticeable issues with point of aim vs. point of impact shift when switching between 1x and 4x.
I've heard that about them as well.
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